“Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” is a masterpiece by Huang Gongwang, the foremost of the four great masters of the Yuan Dynasty. Huang Gongwang returned to Fuchun with his Taoist friend Zheng Wuyong in the seventh year of the Zhizheng reign (1347), and painted the mountains and rivers along the Fuchun River with rich ink wash painting techniques. It took Huang three or four years to complete the “Master Wuyong Scroll”, which symbolizes the friendship between Huang and Wuyong and serves as a medium for their discussions on the practice of Taoism. This scroll was divided into two after a fire more than 300 years ago and has been passed down to this day. The National Palace Museum houses the second half of the scroll as well as another copy of the “Ziming Scroll”.
“Traveling Along the Fu-Chun River” is a VR rendition of Huang Gong Wang’s Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains. It uses eye-tracking technology to transform the player’s gaze into a paintbrush. When the player moves through the experience, the mist dissipates to reveal ink landscapes corresponding to the position of the player’s point of gaze. Accompanied by the song of the zither, players take a boat ride and travel through the ink-washed mountains, lush forests, and villages in the painting. Through this experience, players are able to appreciate Huang Gongwang’s ideal depiction of nature and the wonders of traveling in the digital age.
“Traveling Along the Fu-Chun River” VR also uses advanced AI machine learning technology to imitate the painting styles of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters such as Monet, Cézanne, and Van Gogh, reinterpreting Chinese ink landscapes with different colors and brush strokes and creating splendid scenery inspired by Eastern and Western aesthetics.
Starting with Chinese ink painting, Huang Gongwang uses the various expressions of monochrome ink to create the atmosphere of the painting. In contrast to the views of Western painting styles, the Impressionist artist Monet painted en plein air to capture the changes of light, color and shadow; the Post-Impressionist painter Cézanne, also known as the father of modern painting, advocated the reduction of all objects into geometric shapes in an attempt to transfer the three-dimensional world onto the two-dimensional plane of the canvas; whereas Van Gogh is famous for his unique style and use of heavy colors and brushstrokes to create fluid visual effects in his paintings.